The Light at the End of the Tunnel

93 days. Only 93 days until I’m an alumna of Ohio University for a second time—this time with my Master’s degree. Bizarre. And also pretty exciting.

I feel that the time I’ve spent at the Voinovich School has prepared me pretty well for life after college (despite the uncertain job market). Between my experience in my GA, practicum and internship experiences, I have developed a number of skills that will make me a competitive candidate for work in Washington D.C.

Even with all of this preparation, I’m still all sorts of nervous and I have a TON of work to do before these 93 days are over.

I have to:

  • Finish 3 papers (totaling around 15 pages for the three)
  • Sit a final exam
  • Update my résumé
  • Help with the Habitat for Humanity conference
  • Visit Washington D.C. and attend the IEDC conference
  • Apply to at least 25 jobs
  • Apply to a temporary work agency
  • Find an apartment
  • Save, save, save my money
  • Complete my portfolio
  • Complete 2 more classes and all the works that comes with it

And likely, even more than that—my brain can only hold so much, and this is why I make color-coded workplans. 🙂

It’s easy to be overwhelmed, but the fact of the matter is this: I have wanted to move to Washington D.C. since I was 13 years old and became mesmerized by the city. I have the skills required to get a job. I have the support of friends and family to go after these goals.

So, yes—this is a scary leap, but when else in my life am I going to have this kind of opportunity?

My dream is my light at the end of the tunnel. This will be a rough 93 days, but doable.

“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”- Gail Devers

Have a great week and good luck on finals!


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